My heart is heavy with thoughts of Haiti. I'm sure you're feeling the same thing. Holding your own babies, partners and loved ones just a little bit closer, perhaps. And wondering - as I go about my normal day of playing, eating, sleeping, and knitting in comfort - what the day is like for those affected by this devastating tragedy. The sadness and grief and confusion felt by so many families right now.
I'm sure, if you are inclined to do so, you may have already found the channels by which you can 'help.' Of course, prayer and positive thought and good energy and light is powerful - and we are doing much of that here, in our individual ways.
For tangible immediate assistance, I recommend contributing as you can to the following organizations:
Many of you know that last year, through Mama to Mama, we held a craftivism project centered around Haiti. The project was coordinated with Konbit Sante. The work they do - and the end location of all those beautiful caps - is in Cap Haitien, in the Northern part of Haiti. I have been in contact with the US directors of the project who are getting early word from the hospital there. They say, that while that area was slightly less affected by the earthquake, there is now concern of flooding. They are hoping they will be able to provide assistance and relief to those in more affected areas. (Konbit Sante is keeping people updated via their Facebook page, if you are interested in following that stream.)
I encourage you to assist in the ways that feel best for you in the short term, and I hope to provide - in the long term - a way in which to assist as well. I have for some time hoped to begin another chapter of Mama to Mama, but quite frankly felt as though my plate was just too full to do so in 2009. With a little bit of help, however, I'm hoping we may begin work on the next step in the safe birthing kits very soon. I will keep you posted in this space, and let you know as soon as we figure out the ways in which Mama to Mama could be most helpful to them, particularly given this latest tragedy.
In the meantime, I'm sending out wishes of peace and love to those in need of both,